“We give thanks to God always for all of you, continually mentioning you in our prayers; recalling unceasingly before our God and Father your work energized by faith, and your service motivated by love and unwavering hope in [the return of] our Lord Jesus Christ.”1 Thessalonians 1:3-4
The devil is continually trying to get us to hope in something other than Jesus Christ. He wants to take us out. He will attempt to discourage us when our team loses, like Clemson did recently, or our candidate underperforms, or our finances take a hit, or we have health problems. If we put too much hope in anything other than Him, we will be disappointed. Be alert dear friend! Be aware of Satan’s tactics. Be armed with truth to defend your mind and protect your heart. Here are some activities we have been involved with because our hope has been in Christ. We want to help others hope in Him as well.
Pastors Conference Thank you for praying for our time in Charlotte last weekend! It was tremendous! We sang songs to God with all our hearts. We also shared our personal needs with each other and heard reports from each church. We prayed for these needs as well. We spent significant time praying for our county, as well as the overseas missions that we work with and support. There were several seminars offered, including mine on “Relational Leadership.” My presentation went very well… thanks to your prayers! We were inspired to continue loving people by sharing the Good News. I always come home refreshed in my relationship with Christ and my faith is challenged by my fellow workers and friends!
Eye Surgery I am happy to report that I am typing this letter without glasses. Thank you for praying for my cataract surgery. God answered our prayers as we put our hope in Him! My second eye now has a new lens as of this Tuesday. I give God thanks and praise!
Thanksgiving in NYC Danelle and I are excited to be going to NYC to visit Julie and her daughters over Thanksgiving. It is our prayer to strengthen their relationship with the Lord and be encouraged by their faith as well. Their lives in NYC are very demanding and busy. Therefore, we want to encourage them to put their hope in God more than everything.
The War In Ukraine Nobody predicted Ukraine would win this war that Russia brought to their country. Nobody thought it would still be going on. The war drags on, but the resolve of the Ukrainian people has surprised the world and earned them great respect. It has also cost them dearly. Currently the Russian army has destroyed much of the power grid causing blackouts and heating problems all over the country. Putin, as we all know by now, is ruthless and cares nothing about human life, including his own soldiers who are often left without food and ammunition. They are being pushed out, albeit slowly, but steadily. It will be a difficult winter for the people of Ukraine. Please consider a gift of any size to help our partners who work tirelessly and in dangerous situations to get food, clothing, heaters, and medicine to the suffering. You can help meet these needs by giving to: https://reliant.org/ukraine.relief.fund Thank you for giving them Jesus - the hope of the gospel!
1. Pray for fresh grace for everyone who attended our pastors conference to continue to be faithful.
2. Pray for our Thanksgiving with Julie, Jasper, and Emilia to strengthen their relationship with Jesus.
3. Pray for our church to be more committed to the Great Commission - starting here in Atlanta.
4. Please continue to pray for an end to the war Ukraine. to end in victory soon. Pray for revival in Russia and Ukraine!
We thank God for YOU!!!!
Steve & Danelle
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